Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How to Choose a New Laptop

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Personally, I like the power and size of a desktop machine. Large, dual (at least) screens, a nice big keyboard that keeps me from having to twist my wrists into the cramped configuration demanded by laptops. I know, I know, you can stick a laptop into a port replicator and have all that, but I can do without the hassle and extra cost. Bottom line, I do not need to do my computing for all to see in my neighborhood Starbucks, or in a tree, or on my hardwood floor. My desk is fine. But that's just me.

For those of you who have a small frame and need to take your machine with you wherever you go, a laptop is fine. But how to choose? Computer Tips for Everybody has a great post with some helpful hints.

What are the 10 things to look for in a laptop

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Gmail Adds IMAP

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As everyone knows (or perhaps not), IMAP is the best way to access your email from multiple devices (home, work, mobile, etc.) because the information is always synchronized. Any changes you make take place on the server, not on your device. From the web site:
As we roll out the feature over the next couple of days, you will be able to use Gmail at work, in your car, or just about anywhere on any device, and actions you take will be automatically synced with Gmail on the web (and remember it works the other way too: anything you do on the Web will be seen on your phone or in your mail client). Just click the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab in your Gmail "Settings" and turn it on. (Psst. If you don't see the "IMAP" in the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab, then check back soon. We are giving it to users as fast as we can).
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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Search WorldCat: The Most Enormous Network of Library Content Ever!

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From the website:

What is WorldCat?

WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information.

What am I searching?

WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.

WorldCat.org lets you:

  • Search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby
  • Find books, music, and videos to check out
  • Find research articles and digital items (like audiobooks) that can be directly viewed or downloaded
  • Link to "Ask a Librarian" and other services at your library
  • Post your review of an item, or contribute factual information about it
You may need to have an active offline membership with a WorldCat library to view/download content or check out materials through its Web site.

What will I find?

Illustration: Some of the media icons you'll see in WorldCat resultsYou can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages.

Can I check something out?

It depends on whether you have an active membership with a library that owns the item, and whether that library's Web site permits remote checkout of an item. WorldCat.org lets you find an item of interest and then locate a library near you that owns it. Usually you will link directly to the item record on the library's Web site. The actions available to you on that page will vary from one library to another. You may be able to join a waiting list, reserve the item, check it out or even have it shipped or delivered.

Can I get into electronic databases?

Some WorldCat libraries make their specialized reference databases available on their Web sites, but only to library members. Your search on WorldCat.org may produce direct links to articles and other resources in these databases. To access these resources, though, you may first be required to log in with a valid library membership.

Can I ask for help from a librarian?

Yes! WorldCat results often include a direct link to the "Ask a Librarian" help feature of a library's Web site.

Can I add information to WorldCat?

Yes! On the WorldCat page for a particular item, you can enter a rating and review under the "Reviews" tab, and contribute factual notes or a book's table of contents under the "Details" tab. Note that only you can modify or delete your own review, but other users can edit information that has been contributed under Details (similar to Wikipedia).

Can I search WorldCat at my local library?

Your library may let you search WorldCat from the online catalog on its Web site. (Again, you may have to log in with a valid library membership.) When you are physically at the library, you can search WorldCat using the FirstSearch reference service. Although the basic identifying information you'll find on this Web site can fulfill most needs, WorldCat at your library includes extra features such as:
  • Advanced search
  • "Find similar items"
  • Links to published reviews and excerpts
WorldCat

[via Lifehacker]

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Gmail Expands

Have you noticed that your Gmail storage capacity has recently been growing much faster than usual? If so, you are quite observant, and I commend you. I noticed the phenomenon yesterday. Suddenly I had gone from inchworm-slow growth that was hardly noticeable, to a jump of 4oMb seemingly overnight. Something big was going on.

Google has announced, or leaked, the fact that it is rapidly expanding your Gmail capacity to a nice, fat 6Gb by January 2008. On October 23 you will have 4321Mb, and by January 4 you will arrive at 6283Mb. What will you do with all that storage? I'm sure you'll think of something.

Read more about this here.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Terminate Locked Files with Extreme Prejudice

There have been times when a perfectly useless file that I was attempting to delete hid behind the protection of my Windows operating system and refused to be dislodged. Particularly when I have saved a setup file to my desktop and tried to delete the file after installing the application, I have had to search the Internet for the technique needed to erase it. Not any more! File Assassin will take increasingly powerful steps to erase those tenacious hangers-on until they are well and truly gone.

Now hear me on this: You need to be absolutely certain that it is safe to delete the file, because File Assassin will not quit till it's six feet under. This is a great utility to have on hand for those times when you need it.

File Assassin

[via appaholic]

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